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Mannan hints reconsidering excise duty on bank accounts

The state minister for finance, MA Mannan, on Tuesday said that there is scope for the government to reconsider its proposal of increase in excise duty on bank accounts. Mannan made the comments when lawmakers on Tuesday continued criticizing the finance minister AMA Muhith for the ninth day for proposing hiked excise duty on bank accounts while taking part in ...

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Landslide triggered by rain kills 65 in hilly areas

At least 65 people have been killed in landslide in the hilly districts, followed by yesterday’s daylong downpour that was influenced by a depression in the Bay. Twenty-three people were killed in Chittagong while 35 in Rangamati and seven in Bandarban, our local correspondents reported this afternoon. Many among them were women and children. Additionally, two army officers are believed to ...

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Bangladesh diplomat arrested in New York on charges of labour trafficking, assault on servant

New York police have arrested a Bangladesh diplomat on charges of forcing his servant to work for his family in Queens without pay and assaulting him on several occasions. Prosecutors say Bangladesh’s Deputy Consul General in New York Shahedul Islam, 45, was arraigned on Monday on grand larceny, assault, labour trafficking and other charges. Bail was set at $50,000 bond ...

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What won’t be in the Queen’s Speech?

The Queen’s Speech is that striking moment of parliamentary pageantry when the government sets out its legislative plans. But some proposals – based on the winning party’s manifesto after an election – could be in doubt with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Commons majority wiped out. One cabinet minister says elements of the Conservative manifesto will have to be “pruned away”. ...

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Theresa May holds DUP talks on government deal

The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party has arrived at Downing Street for talks with Theresa May over supporting a minority Tory government. The PM is hosting Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds, the DUP’s leader at Westminster, to thrash out the terms of a deal between the parties. Mrs May says they will have no veto on key policies. Mrs ...

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In fight for Philippine city, a painful window on war

From the third-story window of a barren government office building he now squats in as a refugee, Nasir Abdul is watching his city being destroyed. Nearly every day for the past three weeks, the Philippine military has pounded the lakeside town of Marawi with rockets and bombs as it tries to wipe out militants linked to the Daesh group in ...

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Gaddafi’s son said to be freed in Libya, whereabouts unclear

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been freed by an armed group holding him in the western town of Zintan where he was taken after the 2011 revolt against his father, according to one of his lawyers and a statement from the brigade. The lawyer and the brigade said he had been released under an amnesty ...

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France election: Macron party set for big parliamentary win

The centrist party of French president Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections. Projections show La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) and its MoDem ally set to win up to 445 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. The final outcome will be decided at a run-off next Sunday. ...

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Jackfruit market a centuries-old tradition

Once small now thriving, quiet and crowded, still and bustling, Kathaler Haat, the “Jackfruit Market” in Brahmanbazar of Moulvibazar's Kulaura upazila is as age-old as the oldest of the trees which bear the national fruit. Following tradition that has endured longer than any one can recall, Mondays and Thursdays draw them in, buyers and sellers. It's a kind of bi-weekly ...

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Seven mill owners to supply rice in Sunamganj

SYLHET, June 07: Some 264 rice mills owners out of 270 of Sunamganj district didn’t sign contract for supplying Boro rice to the district food department this year whereas the deadline is already crossed. Only six mills owners signed contracts for supplying 190 tonnes of rice whereas the district’s target is set for procuring 6,901 tonnes, an official informed on ...

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